Hearts and cream buns are popular in February
On St Valentine’s Day, 14th February, the theme is love. The day has been celebrated in Sweden since the 1960’s. We have eaten ”semlor” since the 13th century. Shrove Tuesday is on 5th March, but we start eating semlor after Christmas.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 21 februari 2023 • Uppdaterad 23 februari 2023
In 14th- century England and France Valentine Day was a festival for young people and lovers.
The saint, Valentine, began to be associated with love. In the Middle Ages people wrote love letters to their sweethearts. In Sweden Valentine’s Day (All Hearts Day) has been celebrated since the 1960’s, when commercial interests began to exploit it.
Semlor are also called Lent buns or Shrove Tuesday buns. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins. Lent is a period of fasting observed by Christians. It lasts for 40 days, until Easter. Not very many Christians fast nowadays.
A Swedish semla is a plain bun filled with almond paste and cream. Nowadays you can even get sausage semlor and semlor in the form of wraps.
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